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Meaning of Life – current philosophizations

Tree of life mural in progress by Daz Lartist Peoria 9 17 2018
Tree of life – mural in progress by Daz Lartist Peoria Illinois 9 17 2018

The Meaning of Life – current philosophizations!

This is just my interpretation of the reason why us humans exist. I do not believe we are monkeys who evolved or that we became humans by some chance confluence of events involving random atoms in space. I am also not a fundamentalist of any religious sect – I think all religions have a nugget of truth but are diluted with mumbo-jumbo bullshit and are mostly ran by people who are often corrupted by their own power.

So basically, the two official reasons (text book science and religion) that are taught to us from an early age in schools (over and over) and generally accepted by the majority of society as truth – I actually disagree with, but I can explain why I disagree with the mainstream education in somewhat clear language and can even use metaphors from within our shared culture. Luckily many people, a lot of them more intelligent and learned than I, have already done the research I needed to come to my conclusion of why we are humans who ask why!

A friend asked me to send them some YouTube video suggestions, as they, like many of us are finding that opening our minds to these alternate viewpoints of reality scratches an itch that other endeavors do not. There will be several videos that I think are worth watching posted at the end of the post with a couple of others mixed in.

So, why are we humans? Because this is the form the universe took when it decided to learn about itself. The universe is a consciousness with curiosity, humor and love as well as cruelty, selfishness and other imperfections – not a vast almost empty wasteland that only NASA and the Pope with his giant telescope know the secrets of. You cannot see yourself without a mirror to reflect your image back to you – you and I are the mirrors of the universe. The universe is playing us as children play with dolls.

We are all born as unique viewpoints of the universe in the guise of biological machines with physical and mental attributes. The time and the location of our birth (and perhaps of our conception) puts a unique template into us that I believe subtly influences everything we experience. As the same groups of stars revolve in a predictable cycle the combination of their energy affects us in different ways. Religions and text-book science dismiss astrology as being superstitious bullshit or something to be shunned but it was the driving force for much of the ancient world and thus worth considering as having some truth to it.

Our unique selves start with an astrological template and like a role playing game such as D&D you have strength, dexterity, charisma, wisdom, etc and they are all determined by a certain amount of ‘dice’ to be cast to get the number of the stat(istic). Some people get more ‘dice’ to roll than others to determine a particular stat and while it is unlikely that you will max out on all your stats – you do get to re-roll those dice during your lifetime.

By means of an example look at Arnold Schwartzenegger – he came close to getting the maximum score on his physical self with his dedication to body building. When he had achieved that goal he used a conscious effort to become a movie star and then an even more improbable career as a public servant. As a movie star he had less dice to throw to get that maximum potential than someone ‘born to act’ like Sean Connery but he re-rolled those dice until they were maxed out to become an acting legend anyway.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - artist!
Our fellow human being Arnold isn’t afraid to try things. We know his impressive legacy. Here he not only brings attention to the growing homelessness problem but life in general and all with a sense of humor. A lesser man wouldn’t have attempted this level of art!

Soul, spirit, divine consciousness –whatever you want to call it is what the physical and mental self resides within (even though it might feel like it must be located within the body). You are not only the character in the game – you are the one who created the game and then decided it would be fun to forget you set the game up in the first place. This is why weird unexplained stuff happens that we label paranormal: we don’t really want all the mysteries explained as life would have a less magical feeling and the idea of luck wouldn’t be so enjoyable when you experience it (but – spoiler alert! it’s all you – you, the divine consciousness, set up the circumstances so that you, the person, would get the maximum experience from them – good and bad are just your interpretation of those circumstances so trust that there is a reason for them).

Knowing all the ‘truth’ about reality is not necessary to ‘winning’ the game – only participating in the game is required to ‘win’. Although you have the free will to stop playing – that shouldn’t be the choice you make unless it is the ultimate act of being ‘you‘. For example if you were born under the stars that made you naturally brave and heroic and one day there came a choice where you had to risk death to save a group of innocent people – it would never be wrong to rush straight in to save them because that is who you are – and if you died there is no failure as you were being you.

RISING SUN, Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, 1993.
Sean Connery is himself regardless of the role he plays!

The purpose of life is simply to find out who you are and be that as the universe wants your unique viewpoint on the consensus reality. You win by being you – there are no goals beyond unlocking the puzzle of yourself. How come you are not already you? Well, where’s the challenge in that right? 馃檪 How you play the game is up to you but it is a game and this reality isn’t any more real than a dream – it just feels real compared to a dream.

How real is “real” anyway when you lose yourself in a movie or a book – you know it’s fiction but your brain is experiencing the interpretation of the fiction as (temporary) realityyou can’t appreciate the art of narrative fiction without interpreting it as ‘real’ – it’s why the human brain is the way it is – it’s designed to make you live simultaneously in multiple personas – not as some kind of flawed control mechanism that teeters on the verge of schizophrenia when the imagination is stimulated – no! You multi-task who you are – it’s designed to let you experience other facets of yourself – and in a nutshell, it’s just more fun this way!

Joe vs the Volcano
Ossie Davis (as Marshall) imparts the only wisdom that matters – only you can define who you are.

You are already perfect – deal with it. Maybe you aren’t the hero type or a glamorous movie star but we are all perfectly equal in that our individual honest opinions of what we experience matters – and that is all that matters. Whatever circumstance happens you just have to interpret it with your feelings and make conscious choices to steer things the way you want them to go. Right and wrong are just interpretations not absolutes.

There is no pressure to reach some type of goal – all that type of stuff puts you outside of the now moment – and there IS only now. The now is flavored by what your brain is thinking but the past doesn’t exist and the future doesn’t exist they are just abstract concepts that influence your now moment.

Why carry baggage around from somewhere that doesn’t exist – if you have feelings of shame then acknowledge what caused that to happen and don’t do it again and if you prefer a different circumstance then work towards it – but don’t stop being you in the now as some kind of punishment or sacrifice for you in the then.

You have a ‘shadow self‘ – deal with it. Find out what lurks in your dark side and accept it. We have an imagination to be used as a tool to allow our dark sides to be explored without jeopardizing our safety or freedoms. No need to feel guilty about it just don’t let your shadow self overcome your conscious self or you could lose track of who you really are.

The key is balance. We have a great reminder of balance in our lives – the sun and the moon, night and day, sleep and awake etc. Those less than admirable thoughts and feelings you have are just the balance for your amazing main self but you have to have a shadow just as you have to sleep at some point or you will go insane.

The sun casts more light than the moon does just as your shadow self casts less influence on your actions than your main self – but there are cycles of influence and you are more susceptible to the influence of your shadow self at certain times such as drinking alcohol, being in a war situation or even being the subject of public attention.

Anyway, here are some videos I find fascinating – not exactly the same topic as what I was talking about above – but on my journey to find out who I am I have found that unravelling the mysteries is part of who I am (and probably you too)!

This one is slow to start but keep with it! This video gives evidence that sedimentary rock may NOT be millions of years old after all! Coal may NOT be millions of years old etc. ‘Rock cut temples’ may actually be stone structures covered with rock deposited from volcanos that ancient civilizations then excavated – fascinating!

Sadly, it’s no coincidence that the fact that space as shown by NASA that looks the same as Star Trek TV shows – it’s all CGI. Even the math used to describe our relationship to other objects we can see in the sky is not as accurate as you might want to believe.

 

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The pumpkin spice of art

Yeah I dissed Bouguereau in a previous post and here I am saying that聽Jean-L茅on G茅r么me is awesome! It may appear that I am biased as their art is similar but that similarity is really only in the quality of how the figures are painted – and the word ‘quality’ is not used here to denote a hierarchy of perfection. I use the word quality to denote a style of brushstroke and use of light and shadow.

Our friend Jean-Leon had romance in his soul, adventure, pathos, passion! The nude was just a motif to tell the story not to sell the art! Yes there is a pretty butt right in the middle of the painting, you see it but it’s only a focal point of the narrative. The sculptor falls in love with his creation and she comes to life – it’s sad and yet glorious at the same time ; it reminds us of how complicated our human minds are.

Jean-L茅on G茅r么me - Pygmalion and Galetea 1890

I’m basically a simple man and things like bondage fetish stuff seems overly complicated to me. I’m plain unflavored maybe not even vanilla – as Maude Flanders said “unflavored for me please”! My kryptonite is pumpkin spice – I will totally die if I drink coffee with that dandruff of Satan in it. Knowing who you are and working with that knowledge is helpful if you want to be happy and productive. There is room for many flavors!

know thyself

Sure there are lots of people who prefer a Venti Flat White over *ack* blumpkin spice – but because I know what I like – it doesn’t bother me if you like some other flavor – everyone gets to decide what they like. Maybe one day I’ll like flavored coffee or find a guys hairy or smooth muscular ass sexy but I don’t think so. I’m just glad that Michelangelo was into dudes as his work is made better with his focused and concentrated preference. I just couldn’t stay motivated to paint a masterpiece like The Last Judgement, I’d at least have to paint giant penises on the devils or something!

The-damned-in-Michelangelos-Last-Judgment

I can’t help but judge what floats your boat – judging is just my personal opinion not a reason to prevent you from doing your thing. Go ahead and put your special leather gear on as long it is done with consenting adults just don’t require me to be into it too! I’m sure my parents might have wondered about my sexuality when I bought the Judas Priest “Priest in the East” album (they re-released it聽 as “unleashed in the East” but the art is the same).

judaspriest-unleashedintheeast(liveinjapan)(3)

I didn’t know Rob Halford was wearing gay leather biker fetish gear back then – it just looked cool and that album cover art is excellent (the music is obviously top notch too). That picture is a feeling of total triumph – and since it’s Judas Priest they are triumphing over an evil robot invader or some source of corruption that the human race is better off without! I can appreciate the male body as art – for that feeling of triumph and righteous victory, camaraderie etc – this works as fine art. Read into it whatever you want!

I had to unlearn prejudices that I was raised with (by society not so by my parents who were open minded) to reach a point of balance. To know the self you have to know the other and the easiest way to un-learn a prejudice towards people is to simply get to know someone of that persuasion – when your commonalities outweigh your differences you are winning!

Ignorance is the dark that you light up with love. If you refuse to light that flame then the dark is always scary and you react out of fear. But that is your choice and I can’t take that choice away from you even if I don’t prefer you to have it – it’s still a divinely given聽 right to have your opinion.

I just don’t want everyone to be Judas Priest fans – it’s an exclusive club for people like me – those triumphant over the robot invaders!

A fellow local Peoria Illinois artist is Jessica Ball and she is everything that is right about art – dedicated, focused and unique. She is the pumpkin spice of painting.

Jessica Ball Art - everything that is right about art, unique expressive free form creativity.
Jessica Ball Art – everything that is right about art, unique expressive free form creativity.